Feb. 19, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl announced today that it has entered into a two-year agreement with the Pac-10 Conference. The bowl also extended its agreement with the Mountain West Conference (MWC) for an additional three years.
The post-season football showcase, to be played this year on Wednesday, Dec. 25 in Las Vegas, will feature the Pac 10's fifth selection and the second selection from the MWC. The game will be televised live on ESPN. The start time is to be determined.
The Las Vegas Bowl has played host to a Pac-10 representative on two occasions. In 1997, the University of Oregon defeated the Air Force Academy, then a member of the Western Athletic Conference, by a score of 41-13. In last year's game, the University of Utah of the Mountain West Conference defeated USC by a score of 10-6, before a record paid attendance of 30,894 and a national television audience on ABC.
The second selection from the MWC has appeared in the Las Vegas Bowl since the conference's inception in 1999. Including last year's victory by the University of Utah, the MWC representative has won all three games. In 2000, UNLV defeated the University of Arkansas by a score of 31-14 in Las Vegas Bowl IX. Utah also appeared in the 1999 game, recording a 17-16 victory over Fresno State in the eighth edition of the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl will be played at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium. Each team will receive an $800,000 payout.
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director
"We are delighted to announce our conference affiliations for the next two years. Last year's match-up between USC and the University of Utah proved to be a great success on Christmas Day. We look forward to continuing and building our relationship with the Pac-10 and Mountain West Conference in the future."
Tom Hansen, Pac-10 Conference Commissioner
"The Pac-10 Conference is pleased to be associated with the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl, one of the most attractive bowls and destinations in the West. USC reported it enjoyed a very positive experience in the game last year, which prompted our Directors to select the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl over other opportunities. Playing on Christmas Day also gives the game exclusive national exposure. The Mountain West Conference will send strong opponents to the game, and the citizens of Las Vegas, as well as the fans from the two conferences, will enjoy exciting bowl game football."
Craig Thompson, Mountain West Conference Commissioner
"The Mountain West Conference is proud to maintain its relationship with the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. This has been a very successful bowl for the MWC on the field, where we are undefeated in three games, and because of the destination in one of America's premier cities. The continuation of the partnership with such a respected conference as the Pac-10 further enhances the growth of the game."